Skip to content

Tax Time Poem

April 15, 2012

TAXES

taxes are like the carrot on the plate
i never wanted to eat they get
older & older & less appetizing
just eat your carrots someone might say
it’s not that simple

i have to get them done to get the loan
to keep my house from tumbling off what
little foundation it has & landing
in the bottom of the barranca to
wash to sea it’s gonna be an el nino
winter they say & i believe them i
can feel it, taste it is time again for
rain whether i am ready or not
the sea is hungry

taxes are a cacophony of chaos
bits & pieces of paper swim
with alacrity flutter up to the ceiling
dive down & kick up the silt
i am plankton & i can’t breathe
in the churning turmoil of these taxes
i dare the cats to take a dip they do
jumping on them rolling through them
simple things annoy me i hate to see
things digitized tile, sheets, every day
objects i am irritated immensely
by the swirly taxes the multiple piles
the endless pieces of receipt they
refuse to behave to get in line be
orderly i am embarrassed by their
ganglike swarming their lack of precision
they threaten to rise up take my throat
take my house no one understands the
power they have these are people who
balance checkbooks who possibly know
how much money they have it’s not that
i even owe in fact i was to live
the month of august on my return
return
return
return to a place where the taxes live
in peace domesticated instead
i live in the land of the wild taxes
i’m trying to shoot my way out with words
these numbers just aren’t mine

Because of its timeliness, last night at the Contemporary Arts Forum, I started my featured reading with this 2002 3:15 Experiment poem about taxes (which can be found as a broadside published in ArtLife and in between sleeps an anothology of 3:15 experiment poetry published by en theos press). I also read several poems from my book, middle of the night: poems from daughter to mother :: mother to son. The place was packed with poetry enthusiasts and my fellow readers, all of us with new books, were very talented.

If you missed last night’s reading, no worries–there’s another one May 8 at the Artists Union Gallery in Ventura.

While today, April 15, is when they are usually due, because it falls on a Sunday, and because there is some holdiday in DC on Monday, taxes aren’t due until Tuesday. Since I always get money back, I don’t sweat that deadline! But if you are, I send you good tax juju and a happy return!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2012 2:09 am

    Reblogged this on The Write Alley and commented:

    How goes your return? Here’s a poem of mine form the 2002 3:15 Experiment which was published in ArtLife and in “between sleeps.”

  2. April 16, 2012 11:00 am

    I like the conversational tone of this piece (and I hate doing my taxes too!) :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Budget Trek Kashmir

Family run Company Specialist Trekking in Jammu & Kashmir

Oldfield's Wanderings

Objects in blog are closer than they appear

avvinare

A wine blog by Susannah Gold

Memorable Moments

Adventures & "Bucket" Lists That Keep Life Interesting

Vinos y Pasiones

Tips sobre vinos y recetas fáciles. Notas acerca de bodegas, enólogos, gastronomía y enoturismo.

Best Tanzania Travel Guides

from Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti and beyond

LUCAS GILBERT

The Best Guide in Tanzania

Pull That Cork

Wine makes our life more fun.

Always Ravenous

Adventures in Food and Wine

Joy of Wine

"Wine cheereth God and man." -- Judges 9:13

Side Hustle Wino

If you're not having fun, you're not doing right.

Vineyard Son Alegre

Organic Wine And Olive Oil From Santanyí, Mallorca (Spain)

L.M. Archer

wordsmith | consumer, b2b + b2c

What's in that Bottle?

Better Living Through Better Wine!

ENOFYLZ

My humble wine blog

foodwineclick

When food and wine click!

The Flavor of Grace

Helene Kremer's The Flavor of Grace

The Swirling Dervish

Wine Stories, Food Pairings, and Life Adventures

ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Living La Vida Vino!

Dracaena Wines

Our Wines + Your Moments = Great Memories

L'OCCASION

a reason for wine

Drifting Through

Welcome to the inner workings of my mind

Sonya Huber

books, essays, etc.

THE GRAPE BELT

More People, More Wine

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time

poor mexican gone

Yesterday's stories shed light on the way forward

ROCKIN RED BLOG

A Song in Every Glass

Cindy Ross

Author | Speaker

trailtraveler

Get your copy of Mile 445 today at Amazon.com!

Laura Grace Weldon

Free Range Learning, Creative Living, Gentle Encouragement, Big Questions, Poetry, Occasional Drollery

From Insults To Respect

A Guide To Anger And Conflict Resolution

Wes Chyrchel

CONSULTANT · WORK + LIFE BALANCE · ADVENTURE

Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

Snarky. Cheeky. Grumpy. Dopey. Never Bashful.

Elizabeth Smith

Storyteller · Writer · Gastronome · Oenophile · Hodophile

L'esprit de Vin

A wine blog with food for thought...

The Wine Wankers

G’day, you’re at the best wine blog ever! We're all about wine; without the wankery.

Wine Verbiage

verbiage about wine & life

%d bloggers like this: